WOLODCHENKO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-06-08 published
Devoted to her beloved Ukrainian community and her faith
By Katherina DEHAAS, Sun., June 8, 2008
An empty chair marked the place where Helen WOLODCHENKO would have sat at a recent gathering to remember the lives lost during the Ukrainian genocide of 1932-33.
She died in her sleep that week, on May 19, and is sadly missed by London's Ukrainian community.
WOLODCHENKO was 87.
"We called her the matriarch. When we lost her, when we buried her, we lost a pillar of our church," said Vivian KOSCHMANN, a close family friend whom WOLODCHENKO called "third daughter."
Known for her involvement in the community and the church, WOLODCHENKO was also a legendary fundraiser.
"Her walls were adorned with medals and plaques from city hall, all tributes paid to her over the years by city hall and the Ukrainian community," said her daughter, Lena WOLODCHENKO.
She was the longest-serving president of the women's club at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a position she held for 17 years.
Helen WOLODCHENKO also served as the cook at the Ukrainian club at 247 Adelaide St. S. for many years.
"She did a lot for the community," said KOSCHMANN.
WOLODCHENKO was a survivor of the Ukrainian genocide of 1932, a famine imposed by Joseph Stalin's regime.
She came to Canada in 1949 and moved to London a year later when she heard about the city's small Ukrainian community.
"She was passionate about her homeland and she wanted all her traditions carried on here and she worked hard to do it," KOSCHMANN said.
WOLODCHENKO was even known to host church services in the basement of her Clarence Street home, until Holy Trinity was built.
"She was just passionate about her church and her native land," KOSCHMANN said.
"She'll be remembered for what she did. I don't think we'll ever forget her."
WOLODCHENKO is survived by a brother in the Ukraine and many cousins.
In Canada, she is survived by her three children, Lena WOLODCHENKO, Zena EDGAR and Bill WOLODCHENKO, two grand_sons, two great-grandchildren and countless Friends.

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WOLODTCHENKO o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-05-20 published
WOLODTCHENKO, Anna
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on May 19th, 2008, Mrs. Anna WOLODTCHENKO of London in her 88th year. Beloved wife of the late Petro (1996). Loving mother of Lena, Zina Edgar and William. Dear grandmother of David and Trevor. Great-grandmother of Coady and Sydney. Predeceased by son-in-law William KEHOE and family in Ukraine. Friends will be received at the Lloyd R. Needham Funeral Chapel (520 Dundas Street, London) on Wednesday, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. (Panachida at 7 p.m.). The funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Unkrainian Orthodox Church (151 King Edward Ave., London) on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 10: 00 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. In memory of Anna, contributions to the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated.

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WOLOFSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-25 published
WALSH, Samuel J. (né WOLOFSKY)
Passed away on March 18, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born on August 31, 1916, the youngest son of Hirsch WOLOFSKY, publisher of the Montreal Yiddish newspaper "The Canadian Eagle", and Sarah BERCOVICH. Upon enrolling as a biology student at McGill University, he joined the Young Communist League and changed his name to Walsh on his father's request. After obtaining his B.Sc., he worked full time for the Communist Party of Canada. In 1962 he became the leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, a position he held until a stroke robbed him of his mental faculties in 1990. He is survived by his younger sister Miriam COOPERBERG, his son Timothy, his daughter-in-law Victoria, his grand_sons Martin and Anthony, and numerous family members and Friends. Memorial services will be held in the Chapelle Outremont of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Quebec, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m.

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WOLOFSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-28 published
WALSH, Samuel J. (né WOLOFSKY)
Passed away on March 18, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born on August 31, 1916, the youngest son of Hirsch WOLOFSKY, publisher of the Montreal Yiddish newspaper "The Canadian Eagle", and Sarah BERCOVICH. Upon enrolling as a biology student at McGill University, he joined the Young Communist League and changed his name to WALSH on his father's request. After obtaining his B.Sc., he worked full time for the Communist Party of Canada. In 1962 he became the leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, a position he held until a stroke robbed him of his mental faculties in 1990. He is survived by his younger sister Miriam COOPERBERG, his son Timothy, his daughter-in-law Victoria, his grand_sons Martin and Anthony, and numerous family members and Friends. Memorial services will be held in the Chapelle Outremont of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Quebec, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m.

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WOLOFSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-01 published
WALSH, Samuel J. (né WOLOFSKY)
Passed away on March 18, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born on August 31, 1916, the youngest son of Hirsch WOLOFSKY, publisher of the Montreal Yiddish newspaper "The Canadian Eagle", and Sarah BERCOVICH. Upon enrolling as a biology student at McGill University, he joined the Young Communist League and changed his name to WALSH on his father's request. After obtaining his B. Sc., he worked full time for the Communist Party of Canada. In 1962 he became the leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, a position he held until a stroke robbed him of his mental faculties in 1990. He is survived by his younger sister Miriam COOPERBERG, his son Timothy, his daughter-in-law Victoria, his grand_sons Martin and Anthony, and numerous family members and Friends. Memorial services will be held in the Chapelle Outremont of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Quebec, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m.

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WALSH, Samuel J. (né WOLOFSKY)
Passed away on March 18, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born on August 31, 1916, the youngest son of Hirsch WOLOFSKY, publisher of the Montreal Yiddish newspaper "The Canadian Eagle", and Sarah BERCOVICH. Upon enrolling as a biology student at McGill University, he joined the Young Communist League and changed his name to WALSH on his father's request. After obtaining his B. Sc., he worked full time for the Communist Party of Canada. In 1962 he became the leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, a position he held until a stroke robbed him of his mental faculties in 1990. He is survived by his younger sister Miriam COOPERBERG, his son Timothy, his daughter-in-law Victoria, his grand_sons Martin and Anthony, and numerous family members and Friends. Memorial services will be held in the Chapelle Outremont of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Quebec, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m.

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WOLOFSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-08 published
WALSH, Samuel J. (né WOLOFSKY)
Passed away on March 18, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born on August 31, 1916, the youngest son of Hirsch WOLOFSKY, publisher of the Montreal Yiddish newspaper "The Canadian Eagle", and Sarah BERCOVICH. Upon enrolling as a biology student at McGill University, he joined the Young Communist League and changed his name to WALSH on his father's request. After obtaining his B. Sc., he worked full time for the Communist Party of Canada. In 1962 he became the leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, a position he held until a stroke robbed him of his mental faculties in 1990. He is survived by his younger sister Miriam COOPERBERG, his son Timothy, his daughter-in-law Victoria, his grand_sons Martin and Anthony, and numerous family members and Friends. Memorial services will be held in the Chapelle Outremont of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Quebec, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m.

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WOLOFSKY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-11 published
WALSH, Samuel J. (né WOLOFSKY)
Passed away on March 18, 2008, at the age of 91. He was born on August 31, 1916, the youngest son of Hirsch WOLOFSKY, publisher of the Montreal Yiddish newspaper "The Canadian Eagle", and Sarah BERCOVICH. Upon enrolling as a biology student at McGill University, he joined the Young Communist League and changed his name to WALSH on his father's request. After obtaining his B. Sc., he worked full time for the Communist Party of Canada. In 1962 he became the leader of the Communist Party of Quebec, a position he held until a stroke robbed him of his mental faculties in 1990. He is survived by his younger sister Miriam COOPERBERG, his son Timothy, his daughter-in-law Victoria, his grand_sons Martin and Anthony, and numerous family members and Friends. Memorial services will be held in the Chapelle Outremont of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, Quebec, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2: 00 p.m.

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WOLOSHYN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-04-18 published
JOUSSE, Margaret (formerly CONLON, née TIERNEY)
Peacefully Wednesday April 16, 2008 at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario. Former resident of Lynwood Park Lodge. Predeceased by husbands David M. CONLON and Doctor Albin T. JOUSSE, brother Wilfred "Lefty" TIERNEY and his wife Louva. Survived by nieces Bev (Joe DORAN) and Dawn (Phil BROWN,) step-daughters Eileen WOLOSHYN, of Kingston, Ontario, and Sheila AVERY, of West Hill, Ontario, as well as great nieces, nephews and cousins Bill and Sheila DOBIE, of Scotland. Margaret lived a very happy and full life. She was an avid golfer, world traveller and a great storyteller, her secret to long life was a positive outlook. According to Margaret's wishes there will be no visitation. Funeral Saturday April 19, 2008 at Saint Martin de Porres Church, 3891 Richmond Road, Bells Corners, for Mass of Christian Funeral at 10 a.m. Reception to follow Mass at Kelly Funeral Home, 3000 Woodroffe Avenue (Barrhaven). Cremation. Interment to be held at a later date at Vankleek Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Wildlife Federation or Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind appreciated. Kelly Funeral Homes, Ottawa 613-823-4747

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WOLOWIDNYK o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-03-12 published
WOLOWIDNYK, Aino Teresio (née HONKENAN)
Farmer, housewife, librarian, ski champion, fantastic mother. Born April 28, 1922, in Beaver Lake, Ontario Died September 20, 2007, in Carrot River, Saskatchewan., of a heart attack, aged By Ray WOLOWIDNYK and Nancy HAMILTON, Page L6
She was a Finn, a proud Finn to the finish. She was also like an aircraft fin that keeps the plane on an even keel.
Aino Teresio HONKENAN attended a Finnish grade school, so she spoke only Finnish until she was 13. Her mother never spoke English. Her father was a gymnast and a boxer.
In her youth, Aino won many ski races in Northern Ontario. She regaled how, after finishing first in a race, the announcer's voice would echo in her mind over and over again: "Aino Teresio Honkenan."
She met her husband, Nick WOLOWIDNYK, in the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto through mutual Friends. Nick grew up in northern Saskatchewan and had settled in Toronto after returning from the war. Aino had moved to Toronto for work. They married in 1947, and he convinced her to move to a spartan farm in northern Saskatchewan in 1949.
She absorbed tremendous culture shock for many years. When she moved to Saskatchewan, there were no paved highways and only dirt roads to farms. Electricity didn't arrive until 1960, and there was no phone service on the farm until 1978. They grew grain crops and raised pigs and cattle.
Aino raised a family of four children - Ray, Al, Bill and Nancy - and never complained about the lack of amenities. During the long, harsh winters, she was a warm, bright light to all of us as we passed the time playing cards, reading, listening to the radio and watching a black-and-white television with two channels: on and off. Her food specialty was Finnish crepes that were in demand throughout her life.
Nick passed away in 2004, leaving her alone in their house. In April last year, we picked her up at her nursing home in Carrot River, Saskatchewan., and brought her for a ride down memory lane - the places she had lived for the past 58 years, the co-op store where she had bought her provisions, the farm. I kept her abreast of the locations much to her joy.
Returning to the nursing home, we sat in the van for a moment. "It's time to go back in," I said.
She paused and stared for a long while, then turned to me and said, "Let's make a run for it." It was her last tour of the town and our farm. We all parted with heavy hearts.
Last summer she fell and broke her hip. In September, I visited her for what turned out to be the last time. She happily taught me a few Finnish words - aiti for mother and kiitos for thank you.
She taught us so much more in life, including self-discipline, self-respect and kindness. Goodbye again dear aiti.
Ray WOLOWIDNYK is Aino's son, and Nancy HAMILTON is her daughter.

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WOLSEY o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-03-14 published
HOLLAND, Dorothy M. (KERSEY)
Peacefully at Parkwood Hospital, London on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Dorothy M. (KERSEY) HOLLAND, 4 days after her 98th birthday. Beloved wife of the late Fred HOLLAND (June 1995.) Dear mother of Susan BARR, Sharon LINK and her husband Doug all of London and Anne HOLLAND of Kitchener. Dearest grandmother of Erik BARR and his wife Darlene of Wolfville, N.S., Ian BARR and his wife Trish of Guelph, Andrew BARR and his partner Ju-Lee WOLSEY, Roshana OTTLEY and her husband Harold all of London, Mera BARR and her partner Juan JIMENEZ of Toronto, Jennifer LINK of Brantford and Ryan LINK and his fiancee Jennifer HOLMES of Toronto. Great-grandmother to Emma and Kate BARR, Harrison, Ethan and Ella BARR and Hannah OTTLEY. Dear sister of Ruth FOUNTAIN of London and predeceased by her brothers Tobias, James, Elmer, John and Kenneth. Mom was a 1932 Grad of Victoria Hospital School of Nursing and served overseas from 1942 to 1945 with the #10 Medical Unit. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London, where the funeral service will be conducted in the chapel on Monday, March 17th at 1: 00 p.m. Interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Parkwood Foundation, c/o Saint_Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, Ontario N6A 4V2 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 442 Adelaide Street, North, London, Ontario N6B 3H8. On line condolences accepted at www.amgfh.com.

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WOLSKA o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-04 published
FLOR, Robert
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital on Thursday, April 3, 2008, Robert FLOR of London passed away at the age of 48. Loving husband and best friend of Ilona for 23 years. Loving father of Michal. Dear son of Ludwik and the late Helena FLOR of Poland. Dear son-in-law of Julia WOLSKA and the late Stefan WOLSKI of Poland. Robert will be greatly missed by all his family and Friends in Poland and Canada. The family will receive relatives and Friends at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) from 10: 30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 419 Hill Street, London at 1 p.m. following the visitation on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Cremation will follow. Interment at Saint Peter's Cemetery at a later date.

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WOLSKI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-04 published
FLOR, Robert
Peacefully at London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital on Thursday, April 3, 2008, Robert FLOR of London passed away at the age of 48. Loving husband and best friend of Ilona for 23 years. Loving father of Michal. Dear son of Ludwik and the late Helena FLOR of Poland. Dear son-in-law of Julia WOLSKA and the late Stefan WOLSKI of Poland. Robert will be greatly missed by all his family and Friends in Poland and Canada. The family will receive relatives and Friends at Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel, 1997 Dundas St. E. (at Wavell) from 10: 30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 419 Hill Street, London at 1 p.m. following the visitation on Saturday, April 5, 2008. Cremation will follow. Interment at Saint Peter's Cemetery at a later date.

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WOLTERS o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2008-04-28 published
AUKEMA, Gail H. (née VAN TIL)
'Well done good and faithful servant Come and share your Master's happiness.' Matthew 25: 21
A resident of Chatham and formerly of Ridgetown, Gail AUKEMA died on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Chatham Kent Health Alliance, Chatham Campus, at the age of 81. Born in Holland to the late Hendrik and Trinjtje (WOLTERS) VAN TIL. Beloved wife of the late Evert AUKEMA (1989.) Loving mother of Henry and Alyce AUKEMA, Teresa and Dan HEATH, John and the late Tina AUKEMA, Harold and Joyce AUKEMA, Brenda and Ron MAK, and Rob and Brenda AUKEMA. Gail will be missed by her 26 grandchildren and her 6 great-grandchildren. Sister of Gerrit and Janny VAN TIL, Harry and Bea VAN TIL, Jenny and the late Wiebe POSTMA, Marten and Stien VAN TIL. Sister in-law of the late Jan-Evert and Blijke AUKEMA, Beits and the late Hank KROON, Jim and the late Roelie AUKEMA, Jan and Zwannie AUKEMA, Evelyn and the late Harry RIEPMA, Wob and Joke AUKEMA, Cecil and Freida AUKEMA. Gail is predeceased by sister in-law Ali AUKEMA. She is survived by many nieces and nephews. Family will receive Friends from 2: 00-4:30 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at the McKinlay Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham. Family and Friends are invited to meet at Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown, at 11: 00 a.m. on Wednesday for an interment service. A Memorial service and reception will follow, on Wednesday Afternoon at 2: 00 p.m. at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 255 Tweedsmuir Ave. E., Chatham, with Rev. William KOOPMANS officiating. Memorial donations made to the Foundation of the Chatham Kent Health Alliance or Chatham Christian Schools are welcomed. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com.

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WOLYNER o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2008-03-11 published
McKEE, William Cecil " Bill"
Peacefully passed away on Friday, March 7, 2008 at Cummer Lodge. Predeceased by parents William and Sarah McKEE and sister Esther WOLYNER. Friend of the Towers family. Bill excelled at metallurgy and mechanical problem solving. He enjoyed dancing. Service at York Cemetery Chapel (160 Beecroft Rd., Toronto) on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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